Washington Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Hunters enjoy the rare treat of perfect weather, scenery, and game during Washington hunting seasons. Although it’s outside the mighty Rocky Mountains, Washington has 63 named mountain ranges. In Washington, you can hunt everything from large game like Deer, Elk and Bear as well as a wide selection of migratory birds.

Washington is divided into Game Management Units and seasons can vary slightly according to which GMU you’re hunting.

Deer Seasons

Black-tailed Deer, Firearms Oct. 14-31, General Season
Nov. 16-19, Late Season
White-tailed Deer, Firearms Oct. 14-27, General Season
Nov. 11-19, Late Season
Mule Deer, Firearms Oct. 14-24
White-tailed Deer, Youth Firearms Oct. 14-15
Oct. 21-22
Black-tailed Deer, Archery Sept. 1-29, General Season
Nov. 22-Dec. 15, Late Season
White-tailed Deer, Archery Sept. 1-29, General Season
Nov. 10-Dec. 15, Late Season
Mule Deer, Archery Sept. 1-29, General Season
Nov. 21-Dec. 31, Late Season
Black-tailed Deer, Muzzleloader Sept. 30-Oct. 8, Early Season
Nov. 22-Dec. 15, Late Season
White-tailed Deer, Muzzleloader Sept. 30-Oct. 8, Early Season
Nov. 22-Dec. 8, Late Season
Mule Deer, Muzzleloader Sept. 30-Oct. 8, Early Season
Nov. 25-Dec. 8, Late Season

Deer season dates in Washington vary by unit region. Be sure to check out the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for a legal, successful hunt!


Elk Seasons

Muzzleloader Aug. 1-Jan. 20, dates vary by region
Modern Firearm Aug. 1-Dec. 31, dates vary by region
Archery Aug. 1-Jan. 20, dates vary by region

Bear Seasons

Fall Aug. 1-Nov. 15, dates vary by region

Bear season dates in Washington vary by region. For more detailed date information, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season Sept. 23-Oct. 31, Early Season
Nov. 20-Dec. 15, Late Season
Spring General Season Apr. 15-May 31
Spring Youth Season Apr. 7-8

Small Game Seasons

Bobcat Sept. 1-Mar.15
Fox Sept. 1-Mar. 15
Rabbit and Hare Sept. 1-Mar. 15
Raccoon Sept. 1-Mar. 15
Coyote Open Season

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Washington hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.